When it comes to skill in custom rod building, it’s hard to beat practice and experience. But with that said, these 4 quick tips for rod building beginners offer the best advice to help you get started.
Custom Rod Building Improves with Practice
These essential rod building tips not only improve your skills, but also help establish the experience as the fun and enjoyable craft it’s meant to be.
Rod Building Requires Light
A well-lit work space is crucial to be successful in rod building. While building a custom fishing rod is a lot fun, rod building in the dark becomes more of a nightmare.
Between battling shadows and losing key components, a dark work place will decrease your productivity and diminish the overall performance of your finished fishing rod. But, the good news is that this is an easy fix, just add more light!
When it comes to your rod building work station, it’s best to have ample overheard lighting as well as a lamp that can direct lighting towards where you are working.
If you need help seeing the detail oriented tasks of rod building, the CRB LED Magnifier is the perfect tool.
Simply add the LED Magnifier to your CRB Hand Wrapper and you can easily see all the details of your custom fishing rod better than ever!
Dedicate a Rod Building Work Space
As important to rod building as it is to your significant other, set up a work space that is dedicated solely to building your custom fishing rod. In other words, rod building on the dining room table usually ends with you sleeping on the couch…
Since rod building requires working with epoxy, it can complicate cleaner spaces such as the dining room table. With that said, if finding room for rod building is difficult, then simply lay some paper, cardboard, or even a shower curtain down to help. Now, you can build away without the added worry!
A dedicated rod building work station will give you that extra space necessary to stay organized, stress-free, and most of all, build the perfect high-performance fishing rod.
Inspect Rod Components Before Building
Checking each rod component before you begin building is pivotal to the success of your final custom fishing rod. Whether it’s rod blanks, guides, or grips, each component could have some nicks or critical imperfections that will later lead to rod failure.
Besides inspecting for imperfections, getting to know your rod components goes a long way in helping build the best custom fishing rod possible. For instance, rod builders always need to locate the spine of a fishing rod by flexing the blank and labeling its strongest backbone before adding any other components.
Then, the remaining fishing rod is built according to the orientation of the blank’s spine. This ensures the ultimate performance and experience with your custom fishing rod.
Custom rod building is the only way to get the peak performance from a fishing rod, but only if you know what you’re working with before you begin building.
Build a Custom Fishing Rod in Stages
For rod building beginners, it is very important to realize that you don’t have to build the entire custom rod in one day. Working on your custom fishing rod in stages not only prevents the interference of fatigue, but also helps a beginner enjoy the process of learning.
Although building in stages works well to combat frustration, there can still be moments where you feel a temper coming on. In these moments of frustration, take a step away from rod building and come back later.
Remember, custom rod building is what you make it, so take your time, and make yours awesome!
For more great tips, sign up for Mud Hole’s Rod Building Class!
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